• Soak up four seasons style in the Maldives

  • Lap up the sweltering style of the Gulf in Abu Dhabi

  • Play on Marlon Brando’s personal island in French Polynesia

  • Linger in luxury at the red bull owners Fiji paradise

Being marooned on your own desert island can be truly romantic, especially when you weave in ultra-glam service, submarines, and celebrity chefs to serve you dinner on the floury sands.

Whether you want to bring an entourage, or if you simply want space to sip coconut and Angostura rum – private islands are the place to be. From pieces of the Maldives to Marlon Brando’s own playground – these perfect strips of sand can be yours alone to enjoy.

Voavah, The Maldives

The Four Seasons is one of the most celebrated luxury brands across the globe and in December 2016 they unveiled their latest elite offering – an exclusive private island for rent. This slip of pearly pink sand surrounded by the jaw dropping blue hues of the Maldives is the perfect place to call home.

22 guests can live a privileged life with the concierge team ready at whim to fly in the Russian ballet for private performances, or set up exclusive ad hoc festivals with A list attendees. Antiques, white muslin, excursions to another private island, themed dinners, and a biosphere on your doorstep – these are the delights of the vivacious Voavah.

Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi

Perched close to Saadiyat Island on the sizzling coastline of Abu Dhabi, the Zaya Nurai Island is an oasis of calm. Choose to arrive via helicopter or private speedboat for the ultimate VIP arrival.

The 2-mile island boasts 32 private villas and 12 water villas a little more inland. Generous living spaces, waking up to endless ocean views, and Zen like upscale décor invite you to rest easy. Kick back with a Hendricks popsicle on the beach, indulge in private pavilion massages, and kayak and snorkel in the warm sea. The Zaya Nurai sets a chic Miami meets the glam Gulf scene.

The Brando, French Polynesia

The Godfather of all private islands, Marlon Brando’s beloved Tetiaroa was once a playground for Tahitian Kings. Now, exclusive ultra-luxury resort welcomes wealthy guests who want to experience the dazzling atoll and fine culture of French Polynesia.

This is a place where the gin coloured waters teem with bright parrotfish, where spacious villas are soaked in light, and where world class wine cellars and celebrity chefs like Guy Martin create showcase dishes to tantalize the senses.

Laucala Island, Fiji

The owner of Red Bull bought up a little slice of sun soaked Fiji to turn into a truly glamorous resort for him and his HNWI friends. For $5000 a night you can lose yourself in the absolute privacy and perfection of this island of green cloaked mountains and sugar sand beaches. Villas are beautifully carved from coconut husks, driftwood, and palm leaves, some sit on pretty precipices overlooking the lush jungle and others right on the honey pink sands.

Laucala is the only resort in the world to offer its guests a private submarine for underwater play. Back on the surface you can tee off at the signature golf course or linger over the impeccable spreads of fresh seafood, rainbow fruits, and free flowing champagne.

Words by: Jodie Oakes